Emerging artist Welde Carmichael trained in various visual and performing art forms—painting, photography, and acting—from an early age, but chose to pursue a career in business after graduating from Stanford in 2004. When he turned 30, Carmichael began to reevaluate his life’s direction and decided to follow his passion for the arts. In 2015, he studied with established artists Lauren Mantecon, Ellen Koment, and Lisa Pressman. Over the past year, Carmichael has been creating a body of mixed media and encaustic works, inspired in part by his interest in Taoism and Buddhism. After studying the two philosophies for many years, Carmichael was moved to start creating work that highlights the beauty of the natural world in abstract form. He attempts to enter into a meditative state of awareness and create pieces that showcase the harmony between the conscious and unconscious mind, as well as the exterior natural world and his interior world.
You can see Carmichael’s works in Booth 519
This year’s selected LaunchPad Artist for Art San Diego is Stefani Byrd, whose practice includes video, new media, and interactive technologies. Byrd is most noted for her interactive temporary public art installations, which are hybrids of video and performance art that both disorient and re-orient the viewer. Her current work involves creating interactive and immersive media environments.
Byrd’s most recent project, “The Razor’s Edge”, is a multi-channel video installation shown on individual HD monitors. In each video, performers exhale slowly against an unseen piece of glass, fogging and obscuring their faces in fleeting moments between breaths. As the warm breath touches the glass, the invisible barrier between performer and camera is revealed, dividing space into two sides. An exploration in impermanence and mediation, the work captures the breath, making it visible just long enough to be confronted by both performer and viewer.
Byrd has received grants and support from groups such as: Creative Capital of New York, Flux Projects, the San Diego Art Institute, the San Diego Art Fair, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, and Idea Capital. Her work has been featured in such publications and places as the Public Art Review, the Huffington Post, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Hunter Museum of American Art, and Art Papers Magazine. Her work is held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia and the Columbus Museum of American Art. Her work is also archived as a part of the Public Art Database project.
Byrd received her BFA in Photography from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, in 2008. She is currently a third-year MFA candidate at the University of California San Diego with an emphasis in New Media and Art + Technology. For more on Stefani Byrd, visit her website at www.stefanibyrd.com.
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